|Qur’an School to be rebuilt
There has been a tradition in the Muslim society since the time of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that individuals and social groups support and look after enhancement of knowledge. Qur’an is the base upon which Islamic society is built. Muslim identity is associated with the obedience of Allah as revealed in Qur’an and the life and sayings of Muhammad. Part of this tradition has been to memorise by heart the whole of the Qur’an generation after generation. In the words of an Islamic scholar of the Subcontinent, anyone who entertains any doubt as to the authenticity of the Qur’an can satisfy himself by obtaining a copy of the Qur’an from any bookseller, from anywhere in the world, and then have a hafiz (memorizer of the Quran) recite it from memory, compare the two, and then compare these with the copies of the Qur’an published through the centuries sine the time of the third caliph Uthman. If he detects any discrepancy even in a single letter or syllable, he should inform the whole world of his great discovery!
Proposed building of Madarsah Tajweedul Quran
The Qur’an was revealed in Arabic. Allah says: "(It is) a Qur’an in Arabic, without any crookedness (therein)" (surah Az-zumur, verse 28). Arabic is a beautiful language, straight and flexible and fit to be the vehicle of sublime truths (A. Yusuf Ali, note no. 4285 in his translation of the holy book). The word tajweed, proper recitation of the Quran, means that words should be pronounced in a correct way without any fault and that the recitation of Quran should reach its climax. Imam Abu Abdillah Nasr in his book Al-Muwaddag fi wujuh-ul-Qiraat’ writes that a qaari, reciter of the Qur’an, should do justice with it so that its melody and clear expression could be preserved.
Old Delhi’s Madarsah Tajweedul Quran is among the best in India for its outstanding services to producing excellent huffaz and qurra’. It was established by late Qari Muhammed Sulaiman in 1948. Presently, the standard-bearer is Maulana Mahmood Hasan. At present there are 260 students in the madarsah from different states like Karnataka, Maharastra, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, U.P., Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi. Out of the madrasah’s total staff of 18, there are ten teachers. Education is free there, and no charge is demanded for food and accommodation. Most of the students are from poor Muslim families.
The madrasah has a three-year course for hifz. After the completion of the course, huffaz are trained to recite Qur’an in the seven traditionally approved styles of recitation (qira’aat).
The madrasah’s limited space and resources come in the way of its expansion.
Most parts of the madrasah’s old fifty-year old building are dilapidated and need urgent reconstruction. As a result new construction has already started for students hostel, dinning halls, class-rooms, prayer hall, library, study hall, guest-room, office, toilets, wadukhana, and other necessary facilities. The total area of the new construction from level I (0’0") to Level VI (+54’0") is 23288.04 sft and the total cost is estimated at Rs. 12,425,285.25 (US$ 273,173).
The madrasah is authorised to accept foreign donations vide Indian Ministry of Home Affairs letter No. 11/21022/83 (086) 2003 FCRA. Accountd details are as follows for the convenience of donors in US$:
1. SYNDICATE BANK ID MUMBAI A/C NO. 36059901 WITH CITIBANK NA NEW YORK, USA SWIFT CODE CITI US 33;
2. SYNDICATE BANK ID MUMBAI A/C NO. 04033950 WITH DEUTSCHE BANK TRUST COMPANY NEW YORK, SWIFT CODE BKTRUS 33 Favouring: MADRASAH TAJWEEDUL QURAN, Account No.:90882010029000 with SYNDICATE BANK, N-35, Connaught Circus Branch, New Delhi-110001 INDIA , SWIFT No. SYNBINBBA 126
Address for Correspondence:
Madrasah Tajweedul Qur’an (Masjid Takya Wali)
1993, Shivaji Road, Azad Market, Delhi-110006
Tel: 011-23620889, 23613373 Fax: 011-23620891
MG editor Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan has visited this madrasah. He fully endorses this appeal for funds to rebuild the old building. MG readers are requested to generously support this genuine effort to serve and preserve the Book of Allah.